CityBeat - City Desk http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-238-1-city_desk.html <![CDATA[Council Debates Parking Plan, Streetcar’s Effect on Festivals - ]]>

Cincinnati City Council on April 22 again discussed proposed Over-the-Rhine parking plans, which have been bandied back and forth for months.

]]>
<![CDATA[Ohio House Passes Biggest Budget in State History - ]]>

The Ohio House of Representatives passed a record-breaking two-year budget for the state April 22. 


]]>
<![CDATA[Study: Closing Low-Performing Schools Improves Educational Outcomes - ]]>

Closing down poorly performing schools — including charter schools — improves academic performance, a new study suggests. 

]]>
<![CDATA[City Council Calls for Report on Phase 1B of Streetcar - ]]>

Cincinnati City Council April 15 passed a resolution asking the city administration to draw up a report on possible funding sources for the planning and construction of phase 1B of the city’s streetcar.

]]>
<![CDATA[Gov. Kasich Creates Fundraising Org for Potential Presidential Run - ]]>

 Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s campaign registered with the IRS a nonprofit April 20 called A New Day for America, officially setting up the fundraising organization for the Republican’s nascent presidential bid.

]]>
<![CDATA[City to Ask Feds for Bike Path Grant - ]]>

The city is preparing to apply for Transit Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER grants, that would help finance the network of commuter bike paths.

]]>
<![CDATA[Court to Hamilton County Prosecutor: Return Tiger Suit - ]]>

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters is down one Halloween costume after a recent magistrate’s that Deters must return a tiger suit used by activists during last year’s Greenpeace protest at Procter and Gamble.

]]>
<![CDATA[Dems Endorse Strickland over Sittenfeld in Senate Race - ]]>

The Ohio Democratic Party officially endorsed former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland in his campaign for U.S. Senate, tilting the party’s primary further away from Strickland’s primary opponent Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld.

]]>
<![CDATA[Ohio Board of Education Abolishes “5 of 8” Rule - ]]>

The Ohio Board of Education voted April 13 to end the state’s stipulation that school districts hire at least five of eight specialty positions for each school. 
  

]]>
<![CDATA[LumenoCity to Return This Summer; Tickets to Cost $20 - ]]>

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has announced it will bring incredibly popular Over-the-Rhine light show LumenoCity back Aug. 5-9. The event will be a lot different this year, however, at least when it comes to admission.

]]>
<![CDATA[Poll: Ohioans Favor Strickland over Portman in Senate Race - ]]>

Former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland has a nine-point lead in a recent  poll on the 2016 Senate race over incumbent Republican Sen. Rob Portman.

]]>
<![CDATA[Sen. Rand Paul Announces 2016 Presidential Campaign - ]]>

 U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky officially announced his candidacy for the 2016 presidential election April 7 at a rally in Louisville.

]]>
<![CDATA[City: Don’t Like Indiana RFRA Law? Come to Cincinnati - ]]>

 In the wake of controversy around Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black is making a pitch to Indiana businesses: Come to Cincinnati.

]]>
<![CDATA[Cincinnati City Council Formally Backs Marriage Equality - ]]>

As LGBT rights issues around the Tristate continue to make national headlines, Cincinnati City Council passed a resolution March 25 supporting marriage equality in the state of Ohio.

]]>
<![CDATA[Ohio House Passes Fetal Heartbeat Abortion Ban - ]]>

The Ohio House on March 25 passed HB 69, called the Heart Beat Bill, which would ban abortions as soon as doctors can detect a heartbeat for a fetus.

]]>
<![CDATA[SORTA, Union and Council Wrangle over Streetcar Operating Contract - ]]>

The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority must choose whether union employees or others will run the streetcar. That’s caused controversy.

]]>
<![CDATA[Proposal: Give Mount Auburn Park $5 Million Revamp - ]]>

Two members of Cincinnati City Council would like to spend $9 million to revamp a 20-acre park in Mount Auburn while also improving the surrounding area, especially along nearby Auburn Avenue.

]]>
<![CDATA[Marijuana Legalization Effort Moves Forward - ]]>

A controversial effort to legalize the growth and sale of marijuana is one step closer to the November ballot.

]]>
<![CDATA[Supreme Court Sets Date to Hear Ohio Same-Sex Marriage Suit - ]]>

The U.S. Supreme Court has scheduled a hearing that will decide the fate of same-sex marriage bans in Ohio and three other states.

]]>
<![CDATA[State Task Force on Policing Wraps Up in Cincinnati - ]]>

John Crawford, Jr., the father of a 22-year-old killed by Beavercreek Police in a Walmart in August, told a statewide task force visiting Cincinnati March 8 that he is still struggling with his son’s death and that he believes some police officers “just want to shoot.”

]]>